Britons Still Taking ‘Worrying’ Risks With Their Identities

June 28, 2011

LONDON, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Millions of Britons are leaving themselves open to identity theft by
carelessly discarding personal information.

According to research from John Lewis Home Insurance
[http://www.johnlewis-insurance.com/homepage/home-insurance.html ], one in
six (16%) of us fails to destroy documents like bank statements, receipts and
invoices before throwing them away.

John Brady, head of commercial at John Lewis Home Insurance said:
“Despite identity theft being a growing crime, it seems that the advice
about how to keep personal information safe just isn’t getting through and
people are continuing to take worrying risks.”

The survey of 2,003 UK residents also revealed the grave risks being
taken when people log on to the internet – with one in seven (14%) admitting
to using passwords that can easily be guessed, such as ’1234′, or using the
same password across multiple accounts.

Some 13% also admitted to falling for so-called ‘phishing scams’, where
they were asked to click on links emailed to them and to fill in forms
asking for personal details.

Nearly half (43%) say they never lock personal details away in a safe
place in the home.

John Lewis Home Insurance has responded by issuing the following
‘top-tips’ on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:

        - Don't throw anything with your name, address or financial
          details without shredding it first
        - Check your bank and credit card statements carefully and report
          anything suspicious to the financial institution concerned
        - If you're expecting a statement and it doesn't arrive, tell your
          bank or credit card company
        - Get regular copies of your credit report from a credit reference
        - Make sure your computer has up to date anti-virus software
        - Make sure you use all the privacy settings available on social
          networking sites - but don't put too much personal information up there
        - Don't ignore bills, invoices or receipts for things you haven't
          bought or services you haven't asked for - contact the company
        - When you register to vote, tick the box to say don't want to be
          included in the edited electoral register - that means your details
          can't be sold on

Research was carried out by ICM Research on behalf of John Lewis Home
Insurance and surveyed 2,003 UK adults from 25-27 February 2011.

About John Lewis Home Insurance

John Lewis Insurance
[http://www.johnlewis-insurance.com/homepage/home-insurance.html ] provides
optional ID Theft Cover as part of their Home Insurance policy. If this cover
is included in your policy, you’ll have access to our Identity Theft
Helpline that will provide full assistance and guidance in recovering your
identity if it’s been fraudulently stolen.

John Lewis Insurance will also pay up to GBP50,000 to cover costs you
have to pay to defend your name and restore your credit status, or any lost
wages if you have to take time off work to meet with police or legal

Find out more about how John Lewis Home Insurance is with you when it
matters [http://www.johnlewis-insurance.com/homepage/home-insurance.html ].

CONTACT: Email: customerservice@johnlewis-insurance.com, Tel:

SOURCE John Lewis Insurance

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